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Factsheet for measure AT-2022-27/2686 – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 July 2022|
|Context||Green Transition, Restructuring Support Instruments, European Semester|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 19 October 2022)|
The goal of the programme is to significantly reduce raw material consumption while maintaining productivity in the course of existing production processes and maintaining the quality and functionality of products. The measure is available for all companies and other entrepreneurial organisations. Associations and denominational institutions can also submit applications.
It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism and Kommunalkredit Public Consulting.
The project offers investments in innovative service concepts to increase material resource efficiency and to achieve immediate environmental effects through the use of products based on renewable raw materials.
Some concrete areas of investment are:
Optimisation of production processes (for example reduction of waste);
Reduction of material losses through improved quality or uniform quality;
Optimised construction and resource-saving design (for example ecodesign);
Improved material recycling.
For project above €35,000, the programme offers funding support equal to 30% of project's cost. The maximum level of support amounts to €500,000. Applicants may receive an additional 5% for the development of a new production process based on the EU Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EG). Furthermore, EMAS certified companies may also get an additional 5% funding on top of their basic aid (maximum €10,000). The use of surcharges is possible up to the maximum de minimis aid law limit.
Examples of eligible investments are projects in machinery, manufacturing equipment and production facilities.
The programme is part of the Austrian strategy RESET2020 - Resource.Efficiency.Technologies.
The project is listed and managed by Kommunalkredit Public Consulting. The body promotes a wide range of additional environmental support instruments that are aimed at sustainability, innovation and efficient use of resources.
Employees in standard employment
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
National Recovery and Resilience Facility
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), Promotion of raw material management, measure AT-2022-27/2686 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2022-27_2686.html
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